One thing you can say about Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch is there is always something new and always something old always something tried and trusted. Father of the current owners Johan and Francois Malan, Frans Malan was something of a pioneer in Stellenbosch and indeed the South African Wine Industry. His first bottling of Pinotage took place in 1970.
The vines are planted on weathered shale which gives the resulting wine a wonderful perfumed aromatic quality.
The winter preceding the harvest will be remembered as an exceptionally wet one. Good weather in the early part of the harvest time meant grapes of perfection reaching the cellar. The wine is given well cared for elevation in the cellar and is tank made and matured with no oak application.
It looks like
Bottled under cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle. Elegant descriptive Simonsig livery. In the glass it is a gem bright bloodplum in colour at the core, which pales out to garnet purple.
It smells like
Layers of berry and cherry fruit with sweet brown spices.
It tastes like
The fruit again, strawberry, white heart cherry and roadside brambles. Soft tannins present in a sappy fruit and long fruit ending.
It’s good with
A lovely soft wine like this is delicious as a glass. Good too for meat like ostrich, venison and pork. Nina Timm has the perfect recipe for a cool winter’s evening, Braised Oxtail with Pears & Garlic. Click here for her recipe.
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